Uncertainties of Empire: Essays in Iberian and Ibero-American Intellectual History

Uncertainties of Empire: Essays in Iberian and Ibero-American Intellectual History

by Anthony Pagden
     
 

The essays in this book are concerned with the intellectual development of the Spanish Empire in America from 1492 until Independence in the 1820s. The first section deals with the creation of a powerful language of natural law in the 16th and 17th centuries. The second explores the ways in which this was used to account for, and to deprecate, the cultures of the

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The essays in this book are concerned with the intellectual development of the Spanish Empire in America from 1492 until Independence in the 1820s. The first section deals with the creation of a powerful language of natural law in the 16th and 17th centuries. The second explores the ways in which this was used to account for, and to deprecate, the cultures of the Native Americas. The final section traces the emergence of Enlightenment modes of approaching the subject of ‘Others', both in Europe and the New World, and charts the emergence of a separate cultural identity among the creole population of the Americas.

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Synthesizes Pagden's 20-year interest in the intellectual development of the Spanish overseas empire, covering the legacy of Aristotle, the image of the barbarian, and the assertion of authority and the fabrication of identity. One of the 16 essays is in Spanish, and another four in Italian; among the rest are discussions of the search for order by the School of Salamanca, cannibalism, and the creation of identity in colonial Spanish America from c.1520 to c.1830. A final paper summarizes the five centuries of anxiety since Columbus. Facsimiles of the original publications, 1975-92. Distributed by Ashgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860784616
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Collected Studies
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.91(h) x 0.79(d)

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